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Information on wearing face coverings

Information on wearing face coverings

Government guidance

Please see the Government website for official guidance on face coverings, exemptions from wearing, their role in reducing the transmission of COVID19, the settings in which they are recommended, and how they should be safely used and stored. This information concerns the use of a face covering in public spaces where social distancing is not always possible. It is based on current scientific evidence and is subject to change.

Government guidance on wearing face coverings

Note that a face covering (such as a face mask) are mainly intended to protect others, not the wearer, from coronavirus (COVID-19).

Exemptions for not wearing a face covering

Although in some places most people must wear a face covering by law, there are exemptions for circumstances where individuals may not be able to wear a face covering.

Lions are reminded to be mindful and respectful of such circumstances, as the reasons why someone is not able to wear a covering may not be visible to others.

No-one needs to seek advice or request a letter from a medical professional about their reason for not wearing a face covering. Those who have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering should not be routinely asked to give any written evidence of this, this includes exemption cards.

Sunflower lanyard

Wearing a sunflower lanyard is one way that people may choose to show that they do not have to wear a face covering. Or they may prefer to carry a discrete, handmade exemption card, badge, or sign, although they don’t have to do so.

Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people (including staff, colleagues and health professionals) that someone may need additional support, help or a little more time.

For more information on sunflower lanyards see: https://hiddendisabilitiesstore.com/

 

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